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Budget 2018: Investing in Singapore’s Security
With the threat level at its highest, it is important to continue supporting the Home Team’s efforts to keep Singapore safe and secure.

Innovation across the Home Team has allowed our officers to be better trained and equipped. However, given that the threat level is at its highest, we must continue to invest in building up capabilities that keep Singapore safe and secure.

This was highlighted by Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat during his visit to the Home Team Tactical Centre (HTTC) on 2 February 2018.

According to Mr Heng, the protection of Singapore will be a “very major” item in the 2018 Budget, and the Government will continue to support the Home Team’s efforts. “I do expect our security expenditure to go up because we want to be able to support our security agencies in this very important mission to keep Singapore safe and secure,” he said.

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Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat (left) is shown how to use Police equipment, including a gas mask, by Commander of Special Operations Command Assistant Commissioner of Police David Scott Arul during a visit on 2 February 2018. PHOTO: Aizil A. Rahim

Mr Heng also praised Singaporeans for taking the necessary steps to prepare themselves against terrorism. “I’m glad that Singaporeans are taking this very seriously. Since we rolled out SGSecure, many more people are taking action to raise their knowledge level as well as their abilities to prepare for contingencies,” he added.

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Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Mr Heng Sweet Keat during Tampines Emergency Preparedness Day on 21 October 2017. PHOTO: Nizam Neti

Leading-edge Capabilities

During his visit to the HTTC, Mr Heng observed demonstrations of joint counter-terrorism capabilities by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).These included showcases by the SPF’s Armed Strike Team and Rapid Deployment Troops (RDTs) responding to a simulated terrorist attack within an urban setting. Ground Response Forces, Emergency Response Teams and RDTs from the SPF also responded to an attack by “gunmen”, after which SCDF officers arrived to evacuate and treat “casualties”.

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Officers from the SCDF participated in the joint counter-terrorism demonstration during a visit by Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat on 2 February 2018. PHOTO: Aizil A. Rahim

The SPF’s Special Tactics & Rescue Unit also used explosive charges to storm a room to apprehend “terrorists”.

2 Feb STAR Unit Heng Swee Keat Visit to HTTC
The SPF’s Gurkha Contingent demonstrates breaching procedure during a visit by Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat on 2 February 2018. PHOTO: Desmond Ang

The Tech Advantage

Spending on security has increased steadily from $14.8 billion in 2011 to $19.5 billion in 2016. In 2016, 27% of the Government’s total spending was channelled to the security domain.

Recent investments made by the Home Team in technological infrastructure include data analytics, sensors and sense-making capabilities to enhancing training as well as new equipment for frontline officers.

During his visit, Mr Heng also voiced his support for the efforts made by the Home Team to increase their operational readiness through the use of technology.

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Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat (centre) speaks to Commissioner SCDF Eric Yap (right) and Commissioner SPF Hoong Wee Teck during a visit to the Home Team Tactical Centre on 2 February 2018. PHOTO: Aizil A. Rahim

“[Security] is clearly an important area to invest our resources in, because keeping Singapore safe and secure is a fundamental requirement,” Mr Heng added.

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  1. by Desmond Ang
  2. 07 February 2018
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